Take charge of the remote control

Apple Remote Desktop gives you the complete tools you need to control all the Mac computers in your network right from your own computer. You can even save task settings as templates and apply them in the future, or use one of more than 30 included sample scripts. 

Remote Administration

Save yourself the legwork. Apple Remote Desktop gives you more than a dozen commands you can use to control your remote systems easily. You can shut down all systems simultaneously, put to sleep, wake up, or restart any or all computers—all without leaving your desk.

You also have the ability to remotely designate the startup disk for your client Mac computers. Set any number of computers to start up from a NetBoot image or their local hard drives. You’ll find this to be an indispensable feature if you are in charge of a computer lab or cluster-computing environment where startup disks are often changed. 

And for minimum disruption, you have the ability to schedule any of your admin tasks. All you have to do is save the settings for future deployment and Apple Remote Desktop will initiate the process at the scheduled time. 


Apple Remote Desktop also gives you the power to execute UNIX shell scripts or commands on your remote client systems. You can view either a summary or the complete results of the command’s output. This lets you script many standard functions built into UNIX systems or third-party tools. You can also take advantage of the command-line interfaces included in OS X.

These prepopulated UNIX commands are available via the Send UNIX Task Template:

  • List All Network Services
  • Set Manual IP
  • Set DHCP IP
  • Set BOOTP
  • Set Manual IP with DHCP
  • Set DNS Servers
  • Set Search Domains
  • Set Web Proxy
  • Allow Power Button to Sleep
  • Bonjour Name
  • Current Date
  • Current Time
  • Time Zone
  • Network Time
  • Network Time Server
  • Remote Apple Events
  • Remote Login (SSH)
  • Restart After Freeze
  • Restart After Power Failure
  • System Sleep Time
  • Display Sleep Time
  • Hard Disk Sleep Time
  • Delay After Power Failure
  • Wake On Modem Activity
  • Wake On Network Access
  • Quit Application
  • Volume On
  • Volume Off
  • List Required Software Updates
  • Download Required Software Updates
  • Repair Disk Permissions
  • Computer Uptime
  • Free Swap Space